So spare a thought for Scottish people living south of the border when England beat West Germany at Wembley to win the World Cup because, by all accounts, it was a pretty hard event to ignore.
At least it was for Denis Law.
Law is a fiercely proud Scot and one of the country's greatest strikers with 30 goals in 55 games; he is the only Scottish player to win the Ballon d'Or. In 1966, though, he was living in England and playing for Man United and managed to avoid watching the final.
“I was playing golf in Manchester," he explained to BBC documentary Kicking and Screaming, as he was forced to remember a dark day he had since buried among happier memories.
"Unlike Manchester it was raining," he continued in his deadpan style. "And the guy I was playing with was awful. And he beat me."
Of course, members of the club he was playing at knew this great Scotland forward was out on the course while they watched the greatest moment in their football supporting lives and they were keen to rub it in, holding up four fingers to indicate the score as he approached the clubhouse.
“As I turned the corner at the golf course, they were all at the window and of course, England had won 4-2.
"I thought it was the end of the world,” he smiled through gritted teeth.
Unfortunately, Law was at his peak when Scotland were unable to qualify for major tournaments and by the time he played against Zaire in the 1974 World Cup he wasn't the same player who had been so devastating during the 1960s and early 70s. He retired shortly afterwards.
For Scotland they are unlikely to see another player like him don that famous shirt again.